“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…”
II Timothy 3:1-2 NKJV
In our anchor scripture, we see Paul preparing Timothy for the signs of the end times. Although the purpose of the letter was to encourage Timothy and the church to stand strong in the word of God in spite of persecution, he made sure that they knew what to prepare for.
This word is also for us because we are well in the last days. Many times, we won’t always need a word of knowledge to discern the times, as wonderful as that gift of the Spirit is. Discernment is a gift of the spirit but the advantage of the studious.
Just like Daniel (Daniel 9:2), it is wise to look into the word for the prophecy of times and seasons and align to it. Hold on to the word and let it prepare you for the perilous times by praying prophetic prayers in alignment with the word.
As we hold on to the word and take a closer look at the signs of the times that Paul mentioned, we see that a tough financial system can set off all these vices. Lack can make one covetous or disobedient and you might view them as grievous vices but not count unthankfulness as such. However, unthankfulness is as serious as the other vices Paul listed.
Financial need can blind you to the good things that you already have and make you ungrateful for them. A season of lack can be daunting to experience, especially when the need is pressing and essential. However, in spite of any financial situation, God’s will for us is consistent.
“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)
God expects us to delight in him and be grateful in the face of need because he is your satisfaction. Build fortitude to withstand being caught up in the signs of the times by making sure that your satisfaction is in God and not material things.
“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.” (Psalm 36:7-8 KJV)
This should be your song. Trust God. The need may be legitimate but let God be the meditation of your heart (Psalm 63:4-6). Quit worrying and start thanking God for his continued faithfulness in your life. If he clothes the lilies and feeds the sparrows, he will surely take care of you.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 7:1-10, Philippians 4:14-23, Psalms 122, 2kings 24-25.